The Importance Of Religion In Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart

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Most of the problems within the world can be solved with Knowledge. Most of these problems are caused by the ignorance of different religions and a thirst for power. In Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart, the reader follows Okonkwo and the Igbo tribes live’s through the beginning of when Christian missionaries began trying to convert african tribes. Achebe shows us that a thirst for power and ignorance towards other religions causes great turmoil as shown when the Igbo tribe leaders were tricked and imprisoned by the Christian leaders.
Many situations and events in the book lead up to when the clan leaders are imprisoned. Most show how the ignorance of religion and a thirst for power gets progressively worse until abundant destruction is caused.
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As the book goes on, both of these traits(find new word) intensify and grow with more passion from both the Christians and the Tribe. The missionaries started with just religion, but slowly implemented a new government as well. They want to show their .authority, and do this by punishing clansmen who, in their view, have done nothing wrong. The Christians want to strike fear In the clan by putting their customs and rituals under direct fire for punishment, almost as a way to push them to convert. "but apart from the church, the white men had also bought a government"(147).The tribe believes that the white man 's government "judged cases in ignorance" (147). The church is completely disregarding cultural and religious customs. Some are harsh, like the throwing away of twins, but it is what they 've been taught. They shouldn 't be punished, but the Christians are taking these things as bad against their own religion and basically keeping the tribe from fulfilling their customs, and therefore forcing them to convert as they can 't perform their own rituals that are sacred, and don 't want to face wrath. The clansmen realize this is happening, and that the tribe will eventually succumb if they don 't do something. Their clan is falling apart, and it 's the white men 's fault. The white men and the clans converts create evil out of the clans customs. Oberika says "How can we fight when our own brothers have turned against us"(176)? The white men have turned the clan against itself, but they know this now. "The white man is very clever. He came quietly and peaceably with his religion. We were amused at his foolishness and allowed him to stay. Now he has own our brothers, and our clan can no longer act like one-he has put a knife of

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